Pennine Trails

About The Pennine Trails

The South Pennines are a combination of unique landscape & industrial heritage. The area has long been a favoured resort for walkers & historians.

Pennine Horizons e-Trails are different from traditional walking guides – they give you the opportunity to download images and spoken descriptions of some of the highlights of the walk as well as having an accompanying printed guide.

The e-Trails Mobile Apps, contain a map, walk directions, audio commentaries & historical photographs which can be downloaded to a phone or tablet. They include stories of local events & people as well as information about the awe-inspiring ecology & outstanding industrial and political heritage of the area. Printed Route Guides are also available to support the App.

Listen to the E-trail commentaries at home

If you don’t have a mobile phone or tablet, don’t worry.  You can also listen to the E-trails on your computer at home by clicking  HERE,  and you can also download the scripts for each E-trail below.

List of the e-Trails

1.  Charlestown and Jumble Hole. This delightful walk, along the canal and up a beautiful wooded valley, will give you glimpses of hidden 18th and 19th century industrial history. A 3 mile circular walk on mainly flat or downhill, includes a steady climb for a short part of the walk.

2.  Power In the Landscape. A wander down the beautiful Colden Valley uncovering early 19th century water powered industry. A 6 mile linear walk on mainly downhill terrain, with one section of slope.

3.  Cragg Vale: Mills and Wilderness, Dynasties and Traditions. This linear walk takes you down a wooded stream where you can see remnants of the area’s rich industrial heritage. A 5 mile linear walk with two steep but stepped stretches.

4.  The Story of Sam Hill – Fortunes, Feuds and Scandals. Follow in the footsteps of Sam, a great wool baron, who lived in the beautiful Ryburn Valley 300 years ago. A 3.5 circular mile walk with two steep up and down hills.

5.  Hebden Bridge’s Woodland Heritage. A walk around Hebden Bridge town and surrounding woodland to meet some of our native British trees (plus a few of their close relatives from abroad) and find out about their local and traditional uses. A 3 mile walk with different lengths and difficultly to choose from.

6.  The Heptonstall Trail – an Ancient Village Explored. This gentle circular walk takes you around the ancient Pennine hilltop settlement of Heptonstall, discovering its rich history and conserved stone buildings. A 1.5 mile walk on paths and pavements.

7.  Blackshawhead Packhorse Trail. Explore the Packhorse Trail from Blackshawhead to Heptonstall; learn about this ancient route with far reaching views. A 2 mile linear walk on mainly flat and level ground, with one short steep descent then ascent.

8.  A Walk Around Todmorden with the Fieldens. Explore the wonderful town of Todmorden, discovering the role of the Fieldens and some of the town landmarks. 3.5 miles on paths and pavements, suitable for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

9.  Todmorden Tops – Forged by the Fielden Dynasty. This circular walk takes you over the hilltops to the north & west of Todmorden to enjoy a landscape forged by nature & the Fielden Dynasty. 8 miles with steep climbs and long stretches, but with options to shorten the route.

10.  Riots and Protests – Radical History around Todmorden. The first of two walks which introduce sites associated with the early radical social movements (Chartism and the Anti-Poor Law Movement ) of the Upper Calder Valley while enjoying its unique topography and scenery. An 8 mile circular walk.

11.  Cooperatives and Visions – Radical History around Hebden Bridge. The second of two walks which introduce sites associated with the early radical social movements of the Upper Calder Valley (cooperative, trade union and women’s struggles) while enjoying its unique topography and scenery. 8 miles, circular.

12.  Hills and mills of Cornholme Explore the stunning landscape around Cornholme and its rich history of farming, water-powered mills, non-conformism and a bustling village. A 4 mile circular walk.

13.  The Ancient Township of Midgley with Luddenden. Visit valley, village and moor, to trace the development of rural Pennine settlements from their earliest beginnings. A 5 mile circular walk.

14.  Hebden Bridge Tour. This walk is around the centre  of Hebden Bridge. Starting at the 500 year old Hebden Bridge, you will walk around the town to discover what has changed, and what has remained the same, including the Buttress, the old Fire Station, St Georges Square, old wells, Commercial Street, Garden Street, the Marina and the shops on Market Street and Bridge Lanes. The walk is about a mile and will take up to an hour if you linger in the shops.


Where to download the app:


For iPhone/iPad: Go to the Apple Store from your iPhone or iPad & search for Pennine Horizons. ** For iPads you must select the tab ‘for iPhone only’, or it will not find the Pennine Horizon App.

For Android: Open the Play Store & search for Pennine Horizons. Click on the application & follow the instructions to download.

Where to buy a guide

The guide is available in various bookshops & Tourist Information Centres around the area.

You can also buy a copy, by popping in to the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG, or emailing or phoning us.